Godavari, Krishna rivers interlinked
On September 9, 2015, now a historic date for Andhra Pradesh, the Godavari water reached the Polavaram canal in the Krishna Delta region after flowing for 124 km. The Godavari water was released through the Tatipudi Lift Irrigation Project and will meet the Krishna's waters on September 15 at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada. This interlink is a sort of a trial run for the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project that will link the Godavari and the Krishna Basin and divert the latter's water to the drought-prone Rayalaseema region.
10,000 villagers revive UP's Bakulahi river
Bakulahi river returns to its natural course thanks to the collective efforts of 10,000 residents from nearly 50 villages of Pratapgarh and Allahabad districts. The river's flow was diverted about 50 years ago to check annual floods. However, that had led to drinking water crisis in the region. In 2011, locals resolved to put the river on its natural course without any Government support and collected Rs 12 lakh to dig the 18 km route of the river.
Dadahu villagers create another hurdle for Renuka Dam
The dam project envisaged in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, to quench the thirst of Delhi's residents is facing yet another hurdle and this time from Daduha villagers. Chulli Dadahu Panchayat which is about two kilometers from Renukaji, has refused to give a no-objection certificate to the project as the blasting works for the project would cause high pollution in the village along with affecting tourism and health of the people.
Rajasthan first state to submit Annual Action Plan under Atal Mission
Rajasthan has become the first state in the country to submit a State Annual Action Plan under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), after conducting adequate consultations with stakeholders. The action plan, worth Rs 1087 crore, primarily targets the universal coverage of water supply connections and sewerage connections to all urban households in the state. The projects are proposed to be undertaken in 13 of the 28 AMRUT cities.
Surat might face its first water cut in a decade
The Diamond City might have to suffer a 20% of water cut--for the first time in the last ten years--by October-end due to shortage of water in the Ukai reservoir. The city draws its water from the Tapi river and the catchment area of the river has received 50% less rainfall this year. The less water in the reservoir might also affect the Ganesh Visarjan this year. Every year water is released at the rate of 80,000 cusecs into the Tapi river from Ukai reservoir to facilitate immersion, however, this year the possibility of water release is little.
This is a roundup of important news updates from September 1 - 7, 2015. Also read last week's policy matters updates.
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